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Old 04-17-09, 18:01
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Question excel vba converter and installation

I am running Excel2007 with windows Vista. I have an add-in from an older version of Excel that I would like to use. In trying to install it I have run into problems.

It seems that Excel 2007 cannot read VBA sripts from older versions of Excel. When opening files that include VBA, I get an error message describing the problem. I have followed this to Microsoft, and downloaded their "VBA converter pack." It is a single file of type *.bin. I have no idea how to use it. Please help!
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Old 04-17-09, 18:10
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Default Re: excel vba converter and installation

Do you know what it is? I mean do you know what you have saved inside that document?
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Old 04-17-09, 18:50
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No, I don't know what it is. It is named VBAconverter.bin. I got it from this page:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...5-67031a43c332


Now I see that this is for Macintosh. I can't find one for Windows. So I go back 1 step and need help finding the converter.
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Old 04-17-09, 18:54
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I not sure this is any good: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ex...141071033.aspx


If you right click on the .bin file and select properties that should tell you a little bit about what it is?
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Old 04-17-09, 21:08
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Exactly what version is that older version?
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Default Re: excel vba converter and installation

Cordialis:

The link you offered is for a different converter--to allow users of older versions of Excel to open files created with the newer version. Mine is an issue of forward compatibility. I find it surprisng that even Microsoft would create a new version of a product without full forward compatibility.

The one non-trivial property shown for the file is that it opens with "Windows Common Shell DLL." I find this unhelpful since I have only used dll's in conjunction with other executable files.

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The previous version of excel, with which this add-in worked, was excel 2000. But I had brought it forward from yet older versions. When it was created, Windows95 was the prevailing operating system
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This article here says to burn a copy of the .bin file to a CD. Then, when you remount the CD the files will open. Link: http://www.associatedcontent.com/art..._bin_file.html
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The CD burn approach failed. I tried both "mastered" and "file access" formats. The same page suggest various programs to open .bin files. I Installed PowerISO but it doesn't recognize the file.

Anyway, that .bin file is for Macintosh (according to microsoft). So I think I need something different.

I have to believe this is a fairly common problem. I expect lots of people use excel add-ins. They can't be happy about abandoning previous work when they "upgraded?!" to Office 2007.

Do you know of other forums focused on excel? I expect I would learn a lot of other good stuff there too.
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This one might be quite helpful: http://www.excelforum.com/
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